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Oct 30, 2006 at 08:18pm IST

Traders' strike nightmare for Delhiites

New Delhi: The first day of the Delhi traders' three-day bandh turned out to be a nightmare for hundreds of Delhiites. Shutters were down across most of the Capital's markets on Monday. Only a few pharmacies remained open.

The protest against the MCD sealing drive in Delhi turned ugly when police lathicharged a contingent of traders agitating outside the Delhi Assembly.

The angry traders had marched to the Delhi Vidhan Sabha to voice their protests.

"My husband had to reach the hospital as soon as possible. The traffic was blocked and there was no one to help us," said Delhi resident Shashi Sood whose husband being rushed to the hospital in an ambulance got stuck in a traffic jam for over two-hours due to the ongoing protests.

For most Delhiites, the traders' bandh came like a nightmare. Private schools would remain closed for the next three days due to the protests. With the Supreme Court showing no signs of yielding, the face off is likely to continue.

"Traders don’t want any violence. We are here for a cause. This is a question of our livelihood. We will not take it lightly now," said one Delhi trader.

With the MCD elections just a few months away, it is seriously worrying times for the Government in power.